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Offline Contention

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Chants
« on: May 07, 2014, 05:44:54 am »
On the rare occasions I've taken part in chanting, I have really found it a helpful and enjoyable exercise. I would like to chant more regularly. Can anyone recommend a good resource for Buddhist chants?

Namaste  :namaste:

Jenny

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Re: Chants
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2014, 08:24:56 pm »
Hi Jenny,

This one in English, maybe you like it. :-)

The Heart Sutra Buddhist Chanting (English)


The Heart Sutra Buddhist Chanting (English)

The Maha Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutra
Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
when practicing deeply the Prajna Paramita
perceives that all five skandhas are empty
and is saved from all suffering and distress.
Shariputra, form does not differ from emptiness,
emptiness does not differ from form.
That which is form is emptiness,
that which is emptiness form.
The same is true of feelings,
perceptions, impulses, consciousness.
Shariputra, all dharmas are marked with emptiness;
they do not appear or disappear,
are not tainted or pure,
do not increase or decrease.
Therefore, in emptiness no form, no feelings,
perceptions, impulses, consciousness.
No eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind;
no color, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch,
no object of mind; no realm of eyes
and so forth until no realm of mind consciousness.
No ignorance and also no extinction of it,
and so forth until no old age and death
and also no extinction of them.
No suffering, no origination,
no stopping, no path, no cognition,
also no attainment with nothing to attain.
The Bodhisattva depends on Prajna Paramita
and the mind is no hindrance;
without any hindrance no fears exist.
Far apart from every perverted view one dwells in Nirvana.
In the three worlds all Buddhas depend on Prajna Paramita
and attain Anuttara Samyak Sambodhi.
Therefore know that Prajna Paramita
is the great transcendent mantra,
is the great bright mantra,
is the utmost mantra,
is the supreme mantra
which is able to relieve all suffering
and is true, not false.
So proclaim the Prajna Paramita mantra,
proclaim the mantra which says:
gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha
gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha
gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha.

(copyright © Kwan Um School of Zen)

P.S. Sorry, I don't know how to make a link.

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Re: Chants
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2014, 02:18:47 am »
I have a book of chants:   Samatha Chanting Book. The Samatha Centre, Greenstreete, Llangunllo, Powys, LD7 1SP. (WWW.samatha.org)

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Re: Chants
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2014, 02:15:13 am »
Thank you, nightowl and dhammaseeker51! :) I will take a look at your suggestions :) :namaste:

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Re: Chants
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2014, 01:44:00 am »
I personlly like "prajna paramita hyraa suta" in sanskit by Imeei Ooi

Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutram 心經梵唱 - The Shore Beyond 彼岸 (黃慧音 Imee Ooi)
« Last Edit: July 06, 2014, 02:09:05 am by Awakened_Angel »

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Re: Chants
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2014, 03:45:53 am »
I liked these 2 chants so much that I memorized them:
Sharing aspirations:
http://dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/9/9321.html
[Now let us chant the verses of sharing and aspiration]

Through the goodness that arises from my practice,
May my spiritual teachers and guides of great virtue,
My mother, my father and my relatives,
The Sun and the Moon,
and all virtuous leaders of the world –
May the highest gods and evil forces;
Celestial beings,
guardian spirits of the Earth and the Lord of Death;
May those who are friendly, indifferent or hostile;
May all beings receive the blessings of my life.
May they soon attain the threefold bliss and realise the Deathless.
Through the goodness that arises from my practice,
And through this act of sharing,
May all desires and attachments quickly cease
And all harmful states of mind.
Until I realise Nibbana,
In every kind of birth,
may I have an upright mind
With mindfulness and wisdom,
austerity and vigour.
May the forces of delusion not take hold nor weaken my resolve.
The Buddha is my excellent refuge,
Unsurpassed is the protection of the Dhamma,
The Solitary Buddha is my noble Lord,
The Sangha is my supreme support.
Through the supreme power of all these,
May darkness and delusion be I liked these 2 chants so much that I memorized them and chant them from time to time:
Sharing aspirations:
http://dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/9/9321.html
[Now let us chant the verses of sharing and aspiration]

Through the goodness that arises from my practice,
May my spiritual teachers and guides of great virtue,
My mother, my father and my relatives,
The Sun and the Moon,
and all virtuous leaders of the world –
May the highest gods and evil forces;
Celestial beings,
guardian spirits of the Earth and the Lord of Death;
May those who are friendly, indifferent or hostile;
May all beings receive the blessings of my life.
May they soon attain the threefold bliss and realise the Deathless.
Through the goodness that arises from my practice,
And through this act of sharing,
May all desires and attachments quickly cease
And all harmful states of mind.
Until I realise Nibbana,
In every kind of birth,
may I have an upright mind
With mindfulness and wisdom,
austerity and vigour.
May the forces of delusion not take hold nor weaken my resolve.
The Buddha is my excellent refuge,
Unsurpassed is the protection of the Dhamma,
The Solitary Buddha is my noble Lord,
The Sangha is my supreme support.
Through the supreme power of all these,
May darkness and delusion be dispelled.
http://www.buddhamind.info/leftside/monastic/imina.htm

Mind abiding in divine abodes
http://dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/4/8964.html
I will abide pervading one quarter with a mind imbued with
lovingkindness ... compassion ... gladness ... equanimity ...
Likewise the second, likewise the third, likewise the fourth;
So above and below, around and everywhere
and to all as to myself.
I will abide pervading the all-encompassing world with a mind imbued with
lovingkindness ... compassion ... gladness ... equanimity ...
abundant, exalted, immeasurable, without hostility and without ill-will
http://www.vipassana.com/audio_files/bvra.phpdispelled.
http://www.buddhamind.info/leftside/monastic/imina.htm

Mind abiding in divine abodes
http://dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/4/8964.html
I will abide pervading one quarter with a mind imbued with
lovingkindness ... compassion ... gladness ... equanimity ...
Likewise the second, likewise the third, likewise the fourth;
So above and below, around and everywhere
and to all as to myself.
I will abide pervading the all-encompassing world with a mind imbued with
lovingkindness ... compassion ... gladness ... equanimity ...
abundant, exalted, immeasurable, without hostility and without ill-will
http://www.vipassana.com/audio_files/bvra.php

Three refuges in sanskrit are also really nice to chant.

 


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